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Catholic Conference of Ohio Testifies in Support of Religious Liberty in Schools

HB 425 seeks to clarify that students have the rights of religious conscience

  • 22 February 2016
  • Author: Jim Tobin
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  • Requires public schools to give students who wish to meet for the purpose of religious expression the same access to school facilities given to secular student groups, without regard to the content of the expression.

  • Removes a provision that permits a school district to limit the exercise or expression of religion to lunch periods or other noninstructional time periods.

  • Authorizes students enrolled in public schools to engage in religious expression before, during, and after school hours in the same manner and to the same extent that a student may engage in secular activities or expression before, during, and after school hours.

  • Prohibits public schools from restricting a student from engaging in religious expression in the completion of homework, artwork, or other assignments.

  • Prohibits public schools from rewarding or penalizing a student based on the religious content of the student's homework, artwork, or other assignments.

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Testimony on HB 425

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Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Oh God, we didn't see them.

But you did-

The hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.

Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.

But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:

No mas. No more.

Amen